After Further Review: Closer look at fatigue, RC picks


Billy Horschel won the BMW after getting passed over for a U.S. Ryder Cup captain's pick earlier this week. (Getty)

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on the timing of Ryder Cup captain's picks in the wake of Billy Horschel's two-stroke win at the BMW Championship and the fatigue that comes with playing in four straight weeks of FedEx Cup playoffs.

Four consecutive weeks of playoff golf, particularly postseason play that is just two week’s removed from a World Golf Championship and a major, is too much. First Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose who bypassed the second postseason stop at TPC Boston for various reasons, then Phil Mickelson opted for rest over a late-season attempt to qualify for the Tour Championship on Saturday at the BMW Championship. Although the traditional post-Deutsche Bank Championship “off” week returns next year, that doesn’t change the growing perception among players that four consecutive weeks, or even four of five weeks, is not conducive to good golf. – Rex Hoggard

There is a major procedural problem with the timing of the Ryder Cup captain's picks.

While I understand the rationale behind the PGA Championship as the automatic qualifier list cutoff point (offering an additional plotline to the PGA of America's other crown jewel), there's no rhyme or reason to picks being announced after just two FedEx Cup events.

This might sound like Monday morning quarterbacking, but on a week where Billy Horschel won and players like Ryan Palmer, Morgan Hoffmann and Brooks Koepka contended for titles, it only exacerbated Tom Watson's claim that he wanted hot hands on his roster.

How should it be fixed? Two suggestions: Either move back the captain's picks to after the Tour Championship or release one name each week for three weeks in a row – a move which would certainly maximize fan interest and heighten the impending drama.  Jason Sobel

FedEx Cup fatigue has set in. Rory McIlroy four-putted two days in a row. Sergio Garcia bladed a chip into a pond. Ryan Palmer shanked a wedge into a hazard. Hey, at least they were still in Denver on Sunday – Phil Mickelson bailed after two rounds. Multimillionaires won’t get much sympathy for being forced to play four events in a row with tens of millions of dollars at stake, but it’s clear that the quality of play in these playoffs has been sacrificed with the nonstop schedule. When trying to handicap the field for this week’s Tour Championship, don’t just consider who is playing well or has a strong history at East Lake. Also ask: At this point, who still cares? – Ryan Lavner

We’re seeing evidence of something akin to postseason traumatic stress disorder in these FedEx Cup playoffs. Phil Mickelson talked a couple weeks ago about keeping his “sanity” in his long, frustrating season, and then he withdrew this week from the BMW Championship, citing the need to get himself ready for the Ryder Cup. He looked like he was out of gas. There was a heated exchange between Adam Scott and his caddie, Steve Williams, in full view of media behind the clubhouse after Saturday’s round. We can’t be sure that the fatigue of a hard late-season push had anything to do with that, but we wouldn’t be surprised. We heard Martin Kaymer talk this week about how all the time he’s spending in hotel rooms in his long run takes a toll. And we heard Sergio Garcia explain Sunday that he might have avoided the triple-bogey 8 he made late in the round if he were more rested and mentally sharp. I imagine golf fans aren’t getting tired of seeing the best players going this hard at each other, but I suspect they're going to get real tired hearing these players talk about how tired they are becoming in pursuit of a $10 million jackpot. - Randall Mell